Hi there and welcome back, this is your fellow geek correspondent Jac with this week’s Geek in a Week! As we’re getting ever closer to the return of some of the most beloved comic book series to air on TV, i’ll be posting specifically about different shows on different days, and let you guys know if anything major has happened to your favourite characters! This week we’re looking at controversy, cage, castings and circuses? So without further ado let’s all jump aboard the Waverider and read this article again! and again and again….
Be warned there maybe some spoilers ahead;
This week’s headline news: Ed Skrein quits Hellboy reboot after casting controversy.
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Last week Ed Skrein, best known for Deadpool and Game of Thrones was cast as Major Benjamin Daimo in the reboot of Hellboy which is set to come out next year. In the Hellboy comics, Daimo was a former U.S. Marine turned commander of the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence) and is also of Asian heritage. However it was revealed on Tuesday 29th August that Ed would be stepping down from the role as of criticisms of “whitewashing”. Ed publicly posted to Twitter his decision which he has been praised for, not just the internet but from the creator of the Hellboy comics to the stars and producers of the new film, his full response can be seen below;
There’s been some debate about “Whitewashing” in the comics’ community especially with the films that have been released in recent years. From Doctor Strange to Ghost in the Shell, these films have had major characters that have been Asian in their source Material but have been played by white actors on screen which has led to backlash for reducing representation on screen for actors of different ethnicities. However it does go the other way, for example in the old Marvel Comics, Commander Nick Fury was generally white, but was changed to African American after Samuel L. Jackson’s badass portrayal of the character in the MCU. The same can be said with Baron Mordo from Doctor Strange, Johnny Storm from the latest Fantis Four reboot Electro from Amazing Spider-Man 2… you get the idea.
Ultimately it is Ed’s choice if he wishes to play the character which he doesn’t, and now an actor of more appropriate ethnicity will be cast instead. But still it would have been interesting to see what Skrein could have looked like as Major Daimo in the film. Anyways enough serious talk, let’s look at a new photo from Luke Cage!
Yes Mercedes “Misty” Knight from Luke Cage and the Defenders series has now got a robotic arm, now joining the likes of Winter Solider and cable in the robotic appendages club. Misty now sports a sleek looking robotic attachment after villain Bakuto sliced her arm offin the season finale of the Defenders, then appearing in a hospital bed with the wound covered up. Misty now looks almost exactly like her comic counterpart, as her hand in the comics was also robotic, designed and built by Tony Stark to increase her strength and provide her with energy projectiles. While this will be cool to see in the series, and the Stark reference will be amazing it is unknown if Misty will receive these upgrades in the show, as the set photo seems to be just a stylised prosthetic aid. It is interesting to note that the villain for Luke Cage season 2 is supposedly the character “Bushwacker” who in the comics also sports a cybernetic arm, only more grotesque as it is fused with his own skin. Will these 2 characters be connected due to their new robotic arm attachments? We’ll have to wait and find out!
Now onto this week’s superhero casting, and the Teen Titans series may have found it’s lead!
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Brenton Thwaites who has starred in recent films such as Maleficent, Gods of Egypt and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been cast in the leading role of Richard “Dick” Grayson. Grayson is known to most comic book fans as the orphan adopted by Bruce Wayne who became his very first sidekick “Robin” and later on as his own fully fledged hero “Nightwing”, which is the version of the character that Thwaites is believed to be playing. The series will follow Grayson as he adapts from being a sidekick to leading his own team of young heroes and the struggles he faces with it, along with the relationship he builds with fellow Titan member Starfire. It is possible we may see both versions of Dick’s character as we could see his early adventures as a child then as Batman’s sidekick while dealing with the death of his parents. Over the last weeks we’ve seen Raven and Starfire both cast in the series, which leads me to believe that we may see some announcements for Titans Cyborg and Beast Boy very soon, along with possible other heroes Hawk and Dove, a bird themed vigilante duo from DC Comics. The Titans are slowly starting to form together and I can’t wait to see what else the series will bring!
And finally onto our video of the week, which this week is a new promo for Legends of Tomorrow season 3!
The trailer shows off the newest addition to the Waverider crew, Zari Adrianna Tomaz played by Tala Ashe, who fans will recognise as the civilian form of known DC character “Isis” who doesn’t seem to get on with he legends at first.
In the comics, Isis was a refugee fighting for her fictional country Kahndaq when the villain Black Adam took over. He gave her powers so she would rule beside him, but turning against him instead. However in the series she is from the future, 2030 to be exact and has had her world changed drastically by technology. As the show picks up from where it left off where the team created anachronisms which mixed time all over the place, are the legends responsible for Zari’s future?
We also get some more shots of the Circus of Freaks led by the showman P.T. Barnum and Mick Rory relaxing in a desert like setting with none other than Julius Ceaser! There’s also discussions of the “new threat” that faces the legends this season. The “new threat” that the time are up against this time are a group called the Time Bureau, a new team created from the remains of the villainous Time Masters who are led by the team’s former captain and mentor; Rip Hunter!
Now although Rip was briefly turned evil last season, this season I think it’ll be different. I believe that for season 3, Rip will either lose control of the Bureau and will face the consequences of being overruled, or Rip will be confident in what he’s doing and believe he is in the right (a sort of Civil War approach where both sides will have valid arguments). However the big question is will Rip ever re-join the Legends? With returning villains Damien Darhk and Captain Cold set to return and now Gorilla Grodd taking on the team too, the Legends may need all the help they can get! I’ll be posting my thoughts on the new superhero shows returning this month so watch this space!
That’s all to report for now, but come back on Monday for more geek and nerdy news and some more awesome updates!
Until then this is Jac, signing out.